Benefits of Anger
Benefits of Anger
by Dr. Lyle Becourtney
Although uncontrolled anger can be quite costly,
when channeled properly anger can also be very
Among other things, the benefits of anger can motivate us to work harder to accomplish our goals. This could mean playing harder on the defensive end in a basketball
game, studying longer for an exam, or putting in more
time when learning to play an instrument.
Anger can sometimes lead to newer, higher level goals,
possibly fueled by the desire to prove others wrong.
Perhaps anger and frustration due to getting cut from his
high school basketball team are what inspired Michael
Jordan to achieve such greatness in his sport.
Anger can also alert us that something is wrong and that
we need to respond. When we defend ourselves or
defend someone else, it is often our anger that spurs us
into action. This can be the love of a mother protecting
her child, a classmate or colleague standing up to a
bully, or an innocent bystander intervening on behalf of a
Generally speaking, anger is what prevents us from
passively accepting societal wrongdoings and ignites us
to take action.
Many of society’s most important changes
have come about because people got angry with the way
things were and set out to correct those injustices. Some
examples include the Women’s Rights Movement, the
abolishment of slavery, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Over the years, many groups and organizations have
formed in an effort to channel their anger in a positive,
constructive manner. Among them are Mothers Against
Drunk Driving (MADD), People for the Ethical Treatment
of Animals (PETA), and the numerous anti-hate groups
that exist today.
Outraged by the mistreatment of others, many have
pushed for new laws over the years including those to
protect children, the mentally ill and mentally challenged,
people of different religions and ethnic backgrounds, the
handicapped and disabled, and many other groups.
Countless people have been helped by the benefits of anger due to the actions of those who experienced anger and decided to do
something positive to make things better.
So the next time that you lose your cool and say or do
something that you regret, just remember that anger
does not have to be your downfall.
Instead of blaming someone else or wallowing in self-pity, take responsibility for your actions and get to work on improving your anger management skills. After all, look at all the great things that can be accomplished when anger is channeled properly.
Benefits of Anger by
Dr. Lyle Becourtney, a New York State Licensed
Psychologist and Certified Anger Management
Professional, has a private office in Blauvelt, NY in
Rockland County. His anger management programs
provide an excellent opportunity for teens and adults to
learn new anger management techniques.
In addition to weekly anger management classes and
individual and couples therapy, Dr. Becourtney trains
other mental health professionals and parents on how to
implement a positive parenting program.
Whether you are trying to save your marriage or trying to save your relationship with someone you care about, the skills taught by Dr. Becourtney can be life-changing.
If you live too far away to see Dr. Becourtney in person,
the online anger management class is a terrific
option. In addition, you can also purchase copies of the
anger management books that Dr. Becourtney uses
with his clients. Many anger management articles and
parenting articles can also be accessed for free.
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